West Nile Virus Found in Macon

West Nile Virus Found in Macon

A recent report about 23 additional mosquito batches in Macon County has been developed by the Macon County Health Department. They have been found to have tested positively for West Nile Virus.

This batch of mosquitoes was studied by Macon Mosquito Abatement District. Under their weekly surveillance traps, these tests were conducted. After testing positive for the virus, Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois announced the details.

In May 2013, officials have said that the Macon County Health Department started its seasonal campaign for the West Nile Virus. It was started with an aim of keeping residents informed about prevention of this virus. It was meant to encourage them to obliterate standing water around their home. They also propagated the message of using insect repellent when mosquitos are out.

The campaign highlighted the myths related to the mosquitoes. But officials have said that the mosquitoes can carry the West Nile Virus, usually dubbed as house mosquito. One of the myths concerning mosquitoes is that the mosquitoes cannot do anything if they are not visible. The campaign has said that the protection from the mosquitoes is really significant. So, one must avoid any kind of exposure to the insect.